Sustainable Development, 2024
Nyangah Rogers-Wright is a 2022 Mandela Washington Fellow, feminist, and girl’s rights advocate from Sierra Leone. For three years she has worked as a program coordinator at Purposeful, a hub for girls’ activism in Africa. She has experience in participatory grantmaking, media engagement, and the facilitation of life-skills training for girls. Nyangah managed and helped develop a youth-led participatory grantmaking program, which has provided microgrants to organizations and informal youth-led groups across Sierra Leone.
Nyangah co-hosts a weekly radio program that teaches life skills for girls and broadcasts on 32 radio stations, reaching more than 17,000 girls in Sierra Leone. She led efforts to overturn a law that kept pregnant girls out of schools and inspired a #MeToo movement in Sierra Leone by sharing her own experience of abuse. She also led efforts to center the prevention and response to rape culture in her country around the stories of survivors. Nyangah’s goal is to promote equality and create a world where girls can live freely with dignity and bodily autonomy. As a master of global affairs student, Nyangah is the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.